Gardening Blog: Community gardening in the spring sunshine

As we head into April and the weather starts to heat up again (finally!), Steve from our landscaping team tells us more about some of the work they have been doing in the gardens over the last few weeks.

Recently as the weather has started to improve, our focus has turned towards getting the various community gardens across Letchworth ready for the summer months and making sure they all are looking great.

Last week, we were joined in our Wynd Gardens by the Home Education Group, this year’s first group to join us in the garden and who will be joining us for a number of sessions to learn more about growing your own vegetables, how to prepare soil for planting and how to actually seed and plant as well.

Our first session with the group involved weeding the raised planters and the children started to dig over the beds ahead of adding compost to them next week. The session was great and the children really enjoyed getting involved with the gardening, with some members of the group travelling from as far as Essex to come and take part.

Also coming up in April, we will be announcing the winner of the Letchworth schools scarecrow competition, where local primary schools were asked to create a scarecrow around the theme of “Walk on the Wild Side”. We’ve received six excellent entries from schools, with the winning entry later going to represent Letchworth in the national competition taking place at RHSHampton Court Flower Show.

If you’d like to see the competition entries, make sure to pop down to Standalone Farm, where they will be on display until the end of April.